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JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2006

Minutes of a Reorganization Meeting, followed by a Regular Meeting of the Jefferson Township Planning Board, pursuant to due notice and in compliance with the Sunshine Law.

Municipal Building, Jefferson Township, at 8:00 PM.

 

Presiding:            Chairman Williams

Secretary:            Joanne Meyer

 

Present:                       Also Present:                       Absent:

Councilwoman Merz                            Glenn Kienz, Board Attorney                            Jill Hartmann, Planner

Mr. Mikowski                            James Coe, Board Engineer                            Chief Palko

Vice Chairman Hartery Julia Donahue, Attorney Mayor Felter

Mr. Mitchko

Mr. Deutsch                               

Mr. Marthens

Chairman Williams

                                                                                                                  

REORGANIZATION MEETING:

 

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN:

            Mr. Mikowski moved to appoint Dr. Clifford Williams as Chairman.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:            All

 

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN:

            Mr. Deutsch moved to appoint Patrick Hartery as Vice-Chairman.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:            All

 

APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY:

            Mr. Mikowski moved to appoint Joanne Meyer as Board Secretary.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:            All

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD ATTORNEY:

            Mr. Kienz stated there is a new pay-to-play.  We sent the whole packet in.  I know that Jim Leach is aware of the process as is Larry Cohen.  Jim Coe is aware of the process also because the rules changed with contributions and everything else.  This is an open bidding process.

            Vice Chairman Hartery moved to appoint Glenn Kienz as Board Attorney.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:            All

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD PLANNER:

            Vice Chairman Hartery moved to appoint Jill Hartmann as Board Planner.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:            All

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD ENGINEER:

            Vice Chairman Hartery moved to appoint Jim Coe as Board Engineer.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:            All

 

APPOINTMENT OF SUBCOMMITTEE:

            Vice Chairman Hartery moved for subcommittees to stay the same.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:  All

 

 OFFICIAL MEETING DATES AND TIMES:

            Vice Chairman Hartery moved to hold regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, with the first Tuesday being set aside for alternate or special meetings.   Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:  All

 

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER AND ALTERNATE NEWSPAPER:

            Vice Chairman Hartery moved to appoint the ?Daily Record? as the official newspaper of the Planning Board and the ?Star Ledger? as the alternate.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:  All

 

REGULAR MEETING:

 

COMPLETENESS:

Dimauro                                   No. 05-10                                Block 105, Lot 1

                                                                                                169 Route 181

                                                                                                Minor Site Plan

 

            Mr. Coe stated they have not come back with additional information.  This is carried to February 14, 2006. 

 

Wateredge, LLC                 No. 05-14                                Block 273, Lot 2.04

                                                                                                Route 15 North

                                                                                                Final Major Site Plan

 

            Mr. Coe stated Ms. Hartmann informed him this application is complete with the exception of 200 ft property owner listing.  Should they provide that 10 days before the next meeting they could be heard on February 14, 2006.

 

Romani Ventures, LLC              No. 05-15                                Block 336, Lot 30.01

                                                                                                201 Dover Milton Road

                                                                                                Amended Site Plan & Final Major Site Plan

 

            Mr. Coe stated they have not come back with additional information.

 

            Ms. Meyer stated they said they were going to submit amended plans.

 

            This application is carried to February 14, 2006.

 

RE-EXAMINATION OF THE MASTER PLAN:

Stormwater Master Plan ? Jeff Elam, DPW Director

 

            Mr. Elam stated last month we presented the information and answered a couple of questions.  Tonight it has been advertised, published notice has been done.

 

            Mr. Kienz asked if there were any changes between last month and this month.

 

            Mr. Elam stated no.

 

            Chairman Williams opened the meeting up to the public.

            There being no comment the public portion is closed.

 

            Chairman Williams asked if anything has come up from the state.

 

            Mr. Elam stated no.  We are in front of the council tomorrow night concerning the ordinances.

 

            Mr. Coe stated by April 1, 2006 there is a requirement to adopt a storm water ordinance.  Was that an attachment to the master plan?

 

            Mr. Elam stated no.  That was just finished up last week and it is in front of the council in the work session.

 

            Mr. Coe stated it will have to come to us then back again before April 1st.

 

            Mr. Kienz asked when he thought it would come back to the planning board.

 

            Mr. Elam stated probably after tomorrow night.

 

            Mr. Kienz asked Ms. Meyer to follow up and get copies out to Mr. Coe and Ms. Hartmann.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

Smiths Shelters, Inc.                  No. 05-07                                Block 200, Lots 10, 11, 22 & 23

                                                                                                Nolans Pt. Rd & Willis Street

                                                                                                Minor Subdivision

 

            Councilwoman Merz made a motion to approve the resolution.  Mr. Deutsch seconded the motion.

           

In Favor:            Councilwoman Merz, Mr. Deutsch, Mr. Marthens, and Chairman Williams.

Abstain:           Mr. Mikowski.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES DATED DECEMBER 13, 2005:

Mr. Mikowski made a motion to approve the minutes.  Mr. Deutsch seconded the motion.

           

In Favor:  All.

 

DISCUSSION:

Article on COAH numbers:

 

            Mr. Kienz read an excerpt from a comment from the Sierra Club:  ??this seems like a sinister move by those towns to break open the Highlands Act? said Jeff Tittle of the state Sierra Club Chapter.  ?Towns like Jefferson fought the act and want to have inaudible.?  I think that statement is an absolute outrage.  This municipality went the extra nine yards.  We had meetings in the summertime at Camp Jefferson to deal with these issues.  They had the whole council, planning board and zoning board to try and deal with these issues.  I was asked many times to try and resolve these issues.  The problem is the acts are inconsistent.  Jefferson is doing absolutely nothing wrong.  I have meetings scheduled with state officials to deal with this issue.  Jefferson is not deliberately, intentionally, or even unintentionally trying not to conform.  The problem is the state regulations don?t marry up to what we have to do under the housing act.  We had all kinds of plans to do things with property on Route 15 and the state came and said Jefferson you can?t do it.

 

            Mayor Felter stated he talked about all the rehab units we did and the senior housing and it wasn?t in there.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

            Chairman Williams moved to adjourn at 8:20 P.M.  Mr. Mitchko seconded the motion.

In Favor:  All.

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

______________________________________

Joanne Meyer

Secretary to the Planning Board


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